Police from several jurisdictions today were searching for six male juveniles who escaped last night from the D.C. Children's Center Cedar Knoll Facility near Laurel.
Maj. William H. Donoho of the Anne Arundel County Police Department said the youths were reported missing shortly before 9 p.m.
He said the six were serving various sentences on charges ranging from weapons to auto theft and narcotics violations.
Major Donoho said that shortly before 8 p.m., a citizen called the police department's 911 emergency number and reported several juveniles running across Md. 295 just north of Md. 32.
The county police dispatched an officer to check the area who apparently did not find them. The officer then notified the Cedar Knoll facility to determine if an escape had occurred, Major Donoho said.
About an hour later, Cedar Knoll officials confirmed than six juveniles had escaped.
Major Donoho said meetings were held recently at which Cedar Hill officials agreed to notify Anne Arundel County police within 15-20 minutes after an escape. Last night, nearly an hour passed before authorities were alerted.
Other agencies involved in the search and investigation include Howard and Prince George's county police, state police, U.S. Park Police and Laurel city police.